Bill Polian takes a step back: “The dynamic has changed”


It was a big week for sons beginning to take over the family business.   Florio Jr. ran the PFT Twitter account on Saturday for a while, and Chris Polian had the slightly more challenging task of running the Indianapolis Colts draft.

For the first time since 1998, Bill Polian was not in charge of the Colts’ draft process.  Bill Polian said Sunday it “wouldn’t be wrong” to call 2011 Chris Polian’s first draft at the helm.

While Chris insisted it’s “collaborative process” between the two Polians, player personnel director Tom Telesco, and coach Jim Caldwell, the younger Polian sets the team’s draft rankings.

“It’s fair to say that the dynamic has changed pretty dramatically because Chris sets the parameters by which you set the board up, and that’s the big thing,” Bill Polian said via the Indianapolis Star.

Chris Polian’s “first draft” was defined by getting help for Peyton Manning.  They took perhaps the most pro-ready left tackle in the draft in Anthony Castonzo and a promising guard in the second round with Ben Ijalana.  Fourth-round pick Delone Carter adds needed bulk to the running back group.

Both Polians are currently signed through “2012 and beyond” according to owner Jim Irsay.  It’s uncertain how long Bill will continue in his current role, but he’s made sure that his son gets a fair shot at running the team at the end of the Peyton Manning era and possibly after.

24 responses to “Bill Polian takes a step back: “The dynamic has changed”

  1. “Kids dressing himself, tying his own shoes, and doesn’t need the light on to fall asleep anymore”, beamed the proud father.

  2. When it comes to the players it’s all about talent… but when it comes to coaching or the front office then it’s all about ‘daddy’.

  3. Now we are gonna hear everybody scream that they aren’t abiding by the “rooney” rule…*eyes roll*

  4. Bill cautioned against a rush to judgement on his son Chris based on just that one picture. “Who hasn’t been caught by a camera at the worst angle or a bad time? Sure he looks functionally retarded in that particular shot, but he’s surprisingly independant for a 45 year old.”.

  5. Did a great job – ‘A’ grade for Chris and CO.

    Lions fans wanted Castonzo too!
    Also had JJ Watt -great pick… but we’re having a Fairley-fest around here thought.

  6. unless chris polian clones payton manning he won’t have the same sucess as his dad

  7. “It’s strictly a coincidence that Chris is my son, nepotism is not a factor AT ALL in this wild ride on Peyton’s coattails.”

  8. Glad his son is “getting his shot”. After Peyton retires, the Colts will go back into obscurity and will certainly lose his job after a 1-15 season without Manning at the helm.

  9. I like what the kid did. He is obviously trying to improve the running game and give it a sense of balance. A more balanced attack will put the Colts right back in the thick of things for homefield advantage.

  10. “Chris Polian was in charge of running the Colts draft, not Bill Polian.”

    Right ! ………..and I’ve got a safe house in Abbottabad that I’d like to sell you.

  11. You would be hard pressed to find a business (other than the mob or politics) where nepotism runs as rampant as it does in the NFL.

  12. Ya, I’m sure Jim Caldwell added a lot to the “collaborative process”. Irsay pays the salaries. Polian puts the team together. Manning coaches the team. Caldwell is in charge of calling the timeouts… and he even found a way to screw that up.

  13. Colts had one of their best drafts in recent history.
    Good job, though the inability of some teams picking before us in Rd. 1 certainly helped in landing Castonzo.

  14. Did Bill Belicheck’s son pick the Pat’s players this week?

    And who picked Caldwell? Maybe Manning should play out his “tags” and get off that sinking ship.

  15. Chris set the parameters in the draft. They went something like this:

    Whatever you do, make sure this guy you are taking is still playing in 5 years. I don’t care how mediocre he is. Just make sure he’s an NFL level mediocre player.

  16. How does this make sense:
    “made sure that his son gets a fair shot at running the team”

    This is far from fair, no other individual has a shot at that job unless your are a Polian. That is what is called an “unfair” advantage. Feed him the job with a silver spoon.

  17. I hope he turns out as good as daddy. Might as well learn from one of the best.

  18. We are taking Polian’s word that Chrissy ran the draft???? Chrissy still asks daddy if he can go to the potty.

    All Bill is waiting for is for the SB to be played in Indy, chances are high for him to go next year. Although it will be the best for Irsay cause he will only be paying for one Polian and still getting the same results. Sorry Chris, you know you have not earned any of this.

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